Per Duke Sports Information:
Jones Named Summer League MVP
July 17, 2016
LAS VEGAS – Former Duke star and current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones was named MVP of the 2016 Samsung NBA Summer League on Sunday night after scoring 29 points in a semifinal win to send the team to Monday’s championship game against Chicago.
After losing their first three games in Las Vegas, Jones led the Timberwolves to four consecutive wins and a berth in the league title game. In seven games in Las Vegas, Jones has averaged 19.4 points on .457 shooting to go along with 6.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
The 2015 Final Four Most Outstanding Player as Duke claimed its fifth national championship, Jones was selected in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers on draft night in 2015 and immediately traded to his hometown Timberwolves.
He saw action in 37 games for Minnesota as a rookie, averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 assists. He finished the season on a high note, scoring nine points and handing out 12 assists without committing a turnover in a win over New Orleans in the season finale.
Jones was the first freshman ever to claim Final Four MOP honors and averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists in his lone season with the Blue Devils.
The Samsung NBA Summer League championship game will air live Monday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.